THE EXPERIENCE OF A UNILAG POSTGRADUATE STUDENT 1

This is the first hand experience of a Graduate student of Masters in Pharmacology about his postgraduate experience at the University of Lagos. This is to introduce prospective posrgraduate student to what graduate studies really look like. There should be a few nuggets for you to pick. If you are a postgraduate student here and wish to share your experience too, drop a comment with your email and you will be contacted.

It was culled from http://www.nairaland.com/1646156/getting-msc-pharmacology-unilag-experience

GETTING AN MSC. PHARMACOLOGY FROM UNILAG-MY EXPERIENCE.

 I’m almost done with my MSc. Coursework in Unilag and I decided to share my experience. The story will come in bits and pieces as I intend to write a little everyday till my entire story is told. Starting from the aptitude test. I intend to be as objective as possible. Happy reading!!!
After my service year, I always knew I wanted to further my education, I already chose lecturing as a career ,and it was only natural to take the next step, an MSc. Degree. I applied to two schools, University of Ibadan and University of Lagos. When I found out I was to write an aptitude test in lagos I was disappointed, I mean where in theworld do you write an aptitude test for a masters degree, just another excuse to extort people I thought. ( I almost forgot, buying the ” form” cost me 20 thousand naira). So I travelled down to Lagos on the designated date, for the aptitude test.

I think the test was unfair because :

1. It was a pharmacology exam, and not an aptitude test like they made us believe.

2. It gave undue advantage to people who majored in pharmacology.

If indeed anybody from biochemistry, microbiology, etc was welcome to an MSc. In pharmacology like they claimed, then they should have considered that those people don’t know much about pharmacology. There was theory (4 questions to answer all) and objectives ( can’t remember howmany but I think it was 50 and oral interview)
After I wrote the exams, I returned to my base not expecting to hear from them again ( over 100 people applied, and I didn’t ” know” anybody) . To my surprise, I was offered admission. It made me say kudos because it proved that they chose based on merit ( I can’t say the same for other departments though because I have two friends who applied with the same credentials in clinical pharmacy and they rejected one because she didn’t have enough experience while the other was accepted no questions asked. I happen to know that the accepted person ” knew” somebody).
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